Firm Profile > Van Doorne > Amsterdam, Netherlands

Van Doorne

Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

The 'exceptional' team at Van Doorne is led by the well-known Elisabeth Thole who is one of the most experienced data protection lawyers in the Netherlands. She is ably assisted by senior associate Özer Zivali advising on all aspects of GDPR compliance; notification of data breaches to the Data Protection Authorities and the affected data subjects. The work also includes claims/damage control and cyber insurance issues. It advises on all aspects of e-commerce, including reviewing websites and apps and drafting terms and conditions.

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The team knows how the balance between legal and commercial importance. We see them as business partners.’

‘Exceptional data privacy and data protection team.’

‘What stands out for me is their ability to relate to our needs. They provided up-to-date knowledge and practical workings of the legislation and really worked with us.’

‘I was impressed with their level of knowledge and how they sought to try and educate participants on the subject. A key strength is their international network, the standing of their partner(s) in the field of data privacy/data protection and their ability to apply this to everyday situations.’

‘The counsellors of Van Doorne produce well-thought-out advice, written by highly knowledgeable people who are willing to go the extra mile. Compared to other firms, Van Doorne is relatively expensive. This is due to the high level of specialization requiring a high number of specialists performing the assignment. Some of which, however, are leading in their field.’

‘Great and professional team. Great expertise. Fast and clear, good business acumen. The team is up to speed and has deep industry knowledge. It also provides good service quality. It is my preferred law firm in the NL.’

‘They have a strong privacy team with strength in depth and are led very ably by Elisabeth Thole and for me, they are the best in this area in the Netherlands.’

Key clients




Anthos Bank

Central Works Council of TNT


Gelre hospital

Jacobs Douwe Egberts



Nationale Politie

Tata Steel


Texas Instruments

TU/e (Eindhoven University of Technology)


Dispute resolution: Mediation Tier 1

Van Doorne's mediation practice brings together experts from across the firm, representing clients in a range of cases relating to liability, business and shareholder disputes, employment, and technology. The practice is led by Bas van Zelst, a highly respected practitioner who has published extensively on mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

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Employment Tier 1

Van Doorne remains one of the key firms in the Netherlands for employment law and other related advisory work. Additionally, the firm houses one of the jurisdiction's strongest pension teams, with a good number of sector-wide  and individual company pension funds among its client list. The firm is active in both advisory work and disputes, providing a full service across all aspects of employment law. Els de Wind focuses on cross-border matters and co-heads the team along with Marjolijn Lips. Other key figures within the team include specialist pension law advisor Albert van Marwijk Kooy, as well as senior associates Steven Sterk, who is particularly experienced in worker participation matters, and Cara Pronk, who assists de Wind in the international employment practice.

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Van Doorne N.V. have considerable knowledge of the international legislation and provide extensive advice on the international law. They consider potential routes for the companies to take to minimise litigations and associated costs in the long term.

Van Doorne’s practice is unique in the combination of legal knowledge and business sense. We consider them as our trusted advisor on all employment law questions. They perform this role in a very professional and accessible way while delivering countervailing power at the same time.

Professional and very competent team. High expert level on the topics we address.

Els De Wind was the contact person for us in Van Doorne N.V. and we highly value her experience and advise in the international employment law.

Els de Wind and Niels van Boekel are very approachable and it feels like we have been working together for years.

Marjolijn Lips and Steven Sterk: they are both very knowledgeable, accessible, helpful and sharp, with short response times.

Friso Foppes and Cara Pronk are our primary partners. They both provide excellent service and are extremely responsive.

Marjolijn Lips and Willemien Bischot are senior partners with great expertise. With crisis, they are there for us, support us and will serve are interest. Lieke Bartelsman, Niels van Boekel are the driving force to get things done. They make thorough analyses on which they base their expert advice. They will always point out the risks involved.

We work with Marjolijn Lips and Steven Sterk. They are very accurate, flexible and substantively strong.

Key clients




Avantor Performance Materials

CHC Helicopter


DAMCO Aluminium Delfzijl Coöperatie U.A.

Datto Europe Limited

Flexera Software

Gelre Ziekenhuizen



Hilton Foods Group




SThree Holding B.V.

TransIP (Group) BV


National Opera & Ballet

Works Council of Tele2

ING Pension Fund

NN Pension Fund

TNT Express Pension Fund

Sector-wide pension fund for the metal and engineering sector

Sabic Pension Fund

Sector-wide pension fund for the medical specialists

Sector-wide pension fund for the timber trade sector

Kuwait Petroleum Pension Fund

Sector-wide pension fund for general practitioners

Hewlett-Packard Pension Fund

Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 1

Van Doorne's practice was strengthened by the hire of counsel Vanessa Liem from the Institute for Financial Crime; Liem jointly heads the practice alongside the experienced Jan Leliveld and Ed van Liere. This has bolstered the firm's already strong offering across white-collar crime issues, acting for national and international companies, alongside senior management on compliance and regulatory issues, internal investigations, and representation in criminal litigation. Matters include money-laundering, corruption, and other forms of workplace misconduct, with the team able to work on cross-border and multi-jurisdictional cases.


Highly experienced team, in both litigation and internal investigations.

Combines the knowledge of a boutique law firm with the operations of an international law firm.

The team consists of the experienced Ed van Liere and Jan Leliveld. Jan Leliveld has an engaging personality. He has a great network and knows how to bind people, so he gets things done. He is cooperative and therefore it is nice to work with him. The team has grown the past year, which shows that the practice is flourishing.

Jan Leliveld is a very dedicated and excellent defence lawyer. He is trustworthy and stands for what he says.

Highly experienced team, in both litigation and internal investigations. Van Doorne can swiftly build a dedicated skilled team who can execute a large amount of work in limited time. Their pragmatic approach enables them to work efficiently, anticipating material or legal difficulties. They easily adapt to client profile and organisation. They are used to international engagements with clients from different countries and culture. Communication is very easy with the lawyers who make themselves available anytime the case requires it.

Jan Leliveld (partner) provides accurate analysis of complex situations. Due to his significant experience of white collar crime cases, he anticipates possible evolutions of cases and legal consequences of investigation findings. His relational qualities help to handle elegantly sensitive situations.

Great team with Jan Leliveld and Ed van Liere. And now also with counsel Vanessa Liem. We work with them often and they do great work. They combine long time experience with a more modern way of working and focus also on internal investigations etc. They are good at representing both corporates and individuals and have a good relationship with regulators.

Industry focus: Food Tier 1

Van Doorne provides end to end expertise to its food and beverages clients, who appreciate its 'accuracy, good service and collaborative approach'. The 'very experienced' Lisette Bieleveld heads up the team, and counts Starbucks Coffee Netherlands among the clients she is assisting with a range of corporate matters. The team also acts on sales, acquisitions and major supply, distribution and franchising agreements. Kriek Wille and Bart van Reeken are other senior key practitioners.

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Very accurate professionals, listening well, compose very good contracts, good service (fast delivery and after-service), social skills, collaborative, exceptional availability and engagement, plenty of knowledge, very good communication.’

Knowledge of our business, specialists in certain fields.’

Lisette Bieleveld is very experienced in our type of business.’

Key clients

Agrico B.V. (potatoes)

Ahold Europe Real Estate & Construction B.V. (Albert Heijn and Gall&Gall)

AMC Grupo Alimentacion Fresco y Zumos S.

Baarsma Wine Group Nederland

Barentz N.V.

Bedo Imex B.V. (Akdos)

Bergbanket B.V.

Bio Detection Systems B.V.

Carbonell Nederland B.V.

C.I.V. Superunie B.A.

Coöperatieve Inkoopcombinatie Dranken Compagnie U.A.e

Cott Corporation

Detailresult Services B.V. (Dirk van den Broek and DekaMarkt)

De Banketgroep B.V.

Distilleries Group Toorank B.V.

Drie Mollen International B.V.

Dutch Bakery Holding B.V.

Emmi Benelux B.V.


Euro-Caps B.V.

Europastry SA


FrieslandCampina Riedel B.V.

Industry focus: Information technology Tier 1

The Van Doorne practice is praised by clients for its customer care and the breadth of its expertise. Team head Bart van Reeken is singled out for his 'personal touch' whilst dealing with high-stakes cases. His clients range from large corporates to start-ups, which he assists with outsourcings, joint ventures and a range of IT contracts. Louis Jonker stands out for his 'smart, highly driven' approach to transactions and contentious work; he has a focus on the digital health and fintech sectors. Arno Voerman is noted for his expertise in fintech regulation and Elisabeth Thole is well known on the data protection front.

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Van Doorne is well equipped, extremely responsive and professional. They have a number of very experienced lawyers in different fields of law.  People you will work with in Van Doorne are all good lawyers as are many in similar law firms but at Van Doorne they are extremely businesses orientated, capable of perfectly understanding objectives client wants to achieve and thinking out of the box all the time.’

‘Mr. Louis Jonker stands out with his legal knowledge, understanding of the IT and  gambling industry and dedication to the client’s needs.’

‘Without a doubt their general knowledge was very strong related to my issues. I had to take on a large publicly listed multinational. This conflict would and could have had a major financial impact on my company.  Being a smaller sized company, this wasn’t easy. Mr. Reeken helped me in an incredible way and we literally blew our opponent away in court and we won everything we asked for.’

‘For me, they were worth every Euro they charged me and I will highly recommend them to anybody.  I assume in the same way as they were recommended to me.’

‘Next to being an excellent professional, I was impressed with the personal touch from Mr Reeken. He supported me legally, and he didn’t forget about what this case meant personally for me.  He spent a lot of time as well giving me confidence and trust that we had a great chance to win. He advised and supported me so not to let this case have a too big impact on my personal life. Even when he was on holiday rather than simply delegating this to his colleagues, we had almost daily communication going on. I wasn’t expecting this at all.’

‘Also Kiek Brink I shouldn’t forget to mention. She supports me as well in an excellent and very personal way.’

‘I feel I owe both Bart and Kiek a lot and I feel lucky that I met them and that they were representing me in this  case.’

‘I have also found the Van Doorne team to be very responsive (managing tight timescales very well) and, perhaps most importantly, very pragmatic and commercial with their advice.’        

‘Louis Jonker is very good at explaining the implications of Dutch law to a non-Dutch lawyer in a commercially pragmatic manner.’

‘Van Doorne has broad knowledge of legal/regulatory aspects of a business in technology, commercial and regulatory. This is specifically beneficial if you are a regulated business. The model applied is also suitable for small and medium-sized businesses where van Doorne is a partner that can grow with a company as you implement your own legal departments.’   

‘Arno Voerman is the most knowledgeable lawyer on regulatory and legal aspects related to payments in the Netherlands I have met. He is the authority in this area. In the incidental cases where he did not know the answer his network and drive ensured he comes up with an answer very quickly.’

‘Louis Jonker has a strong background in technology related contracts and the ability to properly manage related liability questions towards clients and partners.’

‘The firm has a good knowledge of healthcare business. High standards in execution and delivering on promised dates.  Specific knowledge of contracting software vendors.’

‘Good knowledge and maps IT issues to legal contracts.’      

‘Very knowledgeable regarding licensing of technology and unique aspects of Dutch law on licences. Practical approach that helped craft solutions instead of acting as a blocker.’

‘Their partners understand our industry and the nature of legal contracts we have with our suppliers.’

‘We have primarily worked with two contacts at VD in our recent activities: Bart van Reeken and Kiek Brink. Both individuals worked effectively to provide solutions for a complex set of legal issues which resulted in shortening the expected duration of the contract negotiations.’

‘Hands-on, pragmatic and highly qualified practice which keep on finding the best results from a legal perspective with continuously keeping in mind the business interests.’

‘Louis Jonker stands out as an eager, smart, highly driven and fast delivering lawyer who always delivers up to and beyond our high expectations. In his domains, he is one of a kind.’

Key clients


Ahold Delhaize

Ahrma Group


CBS (Statistics Netherlands)


Critical Software

European Merchant Services (EMS)

EVO Payments

Hrvatska Lutrija (Croatian Lottery)



Jacobs Douwe Egberts




Leeuwarden (municipality)

Nederlandse Loterij

Parnassia Groep


‘s Heeren Loo



Solera Nederland

Symphony Solutions

Tata Steel


TransIP Group B.V.

Unified Streaming


Industry focus: Media and entertainment Tier 1

At Van Doorne, the team's strong links with other relevant practice areas such as tax and IP make the firm a popular choice for media projects and ventures that require combined expertise. The team offers clients 'understanding of the relevant market, quick analysis of the problems involved and very practical advice' on matters ranging from M&A to disputes. Her 'great knowledge' and 'sharp focus' make Kriek Wille, who heads the practice jointly with Jeroen Sombezki, 'a joy to work with'. Also noted are technology specialist Louis Jonker and Marjolijn Lips, a key contact for employment matters. 

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Understanding of the relevant market, quick analysis of the problems involved and very practical advice.

Kriek Wille is one of the most creative and quick thinkers in her field. She is also very flexible and always puts her clients’ needs first. It is a joy to work with her.

The media and technology team acts very quickly and to the point on difficult legal issues.

Kriek Wille assisted our company, Erdee Media Groep, in a complicated case before the Amsterdam Court. Due to her great knowledge and a sharp focus we were successful. Wille and Mariko Kloppenburg wrote a practical note for our privacy policy.

Key clients


Avast Software

Branchevereniging voor Telecom Grootgebruikers (BTG) (industry association for major telecoms users)

Erdee Media Group

Hunkemöller International


Keesing Media Group

Netherlands Lottery Organization



Walt Disney Co


Uitgeverij Nieuw Amsterdam

D&M/Sound United

Best Practice World

Industry focus: retail Tier 1

Van Doorne's clients point to its 'wide variety of expertise and in-depth knowledge' as a key strength of the group. Practice head Lisette Bieleveld is highly rated for her skills in retail-related contracting and litigation, Onno Boerstra focuses on M&A including buy-outs, and Elisabeth Thole brings data protection expertise, while Els de Wind  handles international labour and employment law. The team provides retailers, distributors, suppliers, franchisors, brand owners and investors with a comprehensive service including advice on cross-border expansions.

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‘Van Doorne has a very quick and adequate service and advice with thorough expertise. And they go beyond that, by proactively advising on related matters and/or risks that should be considered, so that as a client you feel really helped and comforted in handling the case.’

‘Their wide variety of expertise and in-depth knowledge and adequate approach to a wide variety of complex topics. The ability to address topics in the essence of its potential issues and separating the important from the unimportant.’

‘Their level of expertise and benchmark know-how. Each individual is a lead expert in their segment and they take away the burden for a company that is dedicated to focus on its own day-to-day business. Upon urgent matters each individual was either directly available at hand or ready to handle quickly after.’

‘Great to the point expertise and great customer focus. All disciplines in-house and flexible.’

‘Lisette Bieleveld is very dedicated. Excellent organiser and keeps to planning and promises. Realistic at the same time. Solid and up to date knowledge.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Asset Management




AutoBinck Holding

Bedo Imex

BCC (ElektroSpeciaalzaken)

Bottega VenetaSA/Bottega Veneta Holding


CBR Fashion Group



Dell Inc.

Dutch State Lottery

DRC Capital


Eci Holding

Electronic Arts

Hans Anders Retail Group

Hermes International

Laboratoires La Prairie

LG CNS Europe

M7 Real Estate

McArthurGlenGroup/Simon Property Group Interactive


Renault Nederland

Retail Estates N.V.

Roberto Cavalli

Schwan-STABILOSchwanhäuber GmbH &Co.



Takko Fashion



Tony’s Chocolonely

TW Steel Europe

Walt Disney Company

Insurance Tier 1

Van Doorne is 'a leading practice for professional liability and D&O liability', providing 'excellent knowledge' and 'good connections to the London market'. The firm is experienced in acting for the insurers of the directors, as defence, coverage, and monitoring counsel, focusing especially on clients from the not-for-profit sector, among them healthcare companies and housing corporations. Other work includes policy drafting and supervision of the insurance sector. The team, headed by the 'highly skilledAnnemieke Hendrikse and the 'extremely efficientWalter Hendriksen, was further bolstered by the arrival of experienced litigator Willeke van Spanje at senior associate level from Van Traa Advocaten.


Walter Hendriksen: stands out with all of his experience. He is extremely efficient when solving all kind of disputes. Sjoerd Kamerbeek: youngest talent within the partner group.

In-depth knowledge of insurance practice. Leading practice in professional liability and D&O liability.

Outstanding in the insurance market and maintain in a pleasant and convincing way the relationship with clients: insurers and insurance-brokers.

Very capable D&O practice! One of the three best in The Netherlands.

Annemieke Hendrikse is much appreciated for her in-depth knowledge in D&O policies and practices, her hands-on approach as monitoring counsel (and willingness to explore practical solutions), and professionalism as regards defence positions of D&Os.

We have worked only with Annemieke Hendrikse on a complex multi-jurisdictional D&O matter involving issues of Dutch law and she proved to be highly skilled and able to understand complex matters not only from the perspective of her legal system. She is a true expert in insurance law, which is also our main field of expertise, and we appreciated her deep understanding of the D&O insurance market.

High qualification and prompt availability.

The insurance team is top of the market in the Netherlands. The team puts a lot of effort into efficiency and therefore is able to invoice reasonable rates when compared to other similar firms.

Excellent knowledge of the insurance industry, particularly the D&O market. Regularly acting as monitoring counsel of insurers, acting in a cooperative and constructive manner serving the interests of both insurers and insureds. This is not common.

Leading insurance practice for the Netherlands with good connections to the London market.

Key clients







Nationale Nederlanden


Construction Tier 2

Van Doorne is primarily focused on non-contentious construction matters, advising developers on large-scale commercial and residential projects, including acting for several housing corporations and assisting large corporates with construction and redevelopment of retail premises. The firm also has substantial experience of healthcare-related redevelopment and construction projects, often acting for hospital operators and academic institutions. The practice is led by Mark Moolhuizen and Annerie PloumenJordie Bakker is a name to note among the more junior ranks.


Van Doorne is able to think along with the client and combines that with their expertise.

The team delivers with high speed, high quality, no nonsense advise and drafts to decide upon.

Van Doorne has a team that has a great deal of and varied knowledge. They work quickly and listen carefully to customer demand. They always have a clear picture of the risks.

Mark Moolhuizen is able to provide advice that gives direction to the discussion in a way that, while he is on ‘your’ side, gives a pragmatic solution for all parties involved. Together with Jordie Bakker he is able to bring a concept agreement back to the core without taking a risk of not covering all relevant topics.

Key clients


Albert Schweitzer Hospital

Aloysius Foundation Education Institute


Amphia Hospital



Bakker Barendrecht

Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS)

Care Property Invest


Dar Al-Handasah Consultants

De Nijs Construction

De Rooi Pannen

Dijklander Hospital



Gelre Hospital

Het Nieuwe Instituut

Holland Park


Housing Corporation Woonbron

Housing Corporation De Key

Housing Corporation Eigen Haard

Housing Corporation Waterweg Wonen


Inter IKEA Systems

Kentucky Fried Chicken

LIFE (Living in a funky environment)

Max Bögl

Municipality of Amstelveen

Municipality of Helmond

Niersman Construction Company

Oiltanking Amsterdam

PRA Health Sciences

Radboud University Hospital

Retail Estates

ROC van Amsterdam


Saxenburgh Hospital

Schiphol Airport

Slingeland Hospital

SM Prime Holdings Inc.

Tergooi Hospital

Vahstal Construction Company

Vollers Real Estate

Xior Student Housing

Zaans Medical Centre

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 2

The dispute resolution team at Van Doorne is instructed across the spectrum of litigation work, and is particularly recommended for class actions, shareholder disputes and corporate litigation, representing clients in some of the market's largest cases. Additionally, the firm is frequently instructed in professional liability cases, with a team led by dispute resolution practice co-head Walter Hendriksen receiving instructions from law firms and auditors, as well as maintaining a strong presence in director's and officer's liability matters. Hendriksen's fellow practice head Jasper Leedekerken is involved in a broader range of work, with mass litigation and securities disputes being two stand-out areas. Corporate litigation specialist Sjoerd Kamerbeek is also recommended.


The team is legally very strong. This is reflected in a great deal of creativity when it comes to approaching a procedure. Great and up-to-date knowledge of legislation and case law. In addition, the people are eager and tenacious and extremely verbally competent. This contributes to a successful process.’

A smart, capable, diligent team that develops good winning strategy and makes themselves available for urgent situations when it matters.

Lisette Bieleveld is the first person to call if I am in a jam with any commercial legal disputes.

I work with Jasper Leedekerken and Walter Hendriksen, both excellent litigators with lots of court experience and a good feeling of what is achievable in court.

Sjoerd Kammerbeek is a real rising star in the industry. Sjoerd is immensely capable, able to drive proceedings forward and has a mastery of the legal and corporate landscape. He always works according to the budget, is strategically-focused and has excellent response times. A huge asset. 

They are very responsive and have good financial (disputes) sector knowledge.

Key clients

CEVA Logistics


Holland Park

The Fruit Farm Group / Greenyard

Danube Foods Group

King Street

Dutch State Lottery




Van Ameyde

MFEX Mutual Funds Exchange


Waarborgfonds Sociale Woningbouw

York Capital

Innsworth Advisors Limited

Unitel International Holdings B.V.

Tokeyna Managament Limited

Tony’s Chocolonely

PHP Holding Oy

Environment and planning Tier 2

Van Doorne advises local and provincial authorities as well as private developers on a range of environment and zoning issues and clients praise the team's 'expertise and creativity'. Cees Kniestedt leads the practice and is experienced in real estate law, from project development to construction. Key clients include Loro Parque Fundacion, Municipality of Gooise Meren, and Hornbach Nederland. Key highlights include senior team member Annet Blokhuis representing Loro Parque in court in relation to the relocation of orca Morgan.

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Specialists in multiple fields‘.

Expertise and creativity‘.

Key clients

Loro Parque Fundacion

Hornbach Nederland B.V.


Struik Quality Foods N.V.

Municipality of Gooise Meren

Municipality of Amstelveen

Shi Hotel Group

Rederij Kooij B.V.

Jaba Pot B.V.

DNB (De Nederlandse Bank)

Dusness Onroerend Goed B.V.

Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Van Doorne fields a dedicated team of specialists who focus on the domestic and international life sciences and healthcare sectors, with notable expertise in IP, competition, regulatory, data protection and corporate and M&A issues. The practice advises on medicinal products, medical devices, digital healthcare technology, biotechnology, cosmetics and the rescue of financially distressed healthcare providers. Willemien Bischot focuses on all aspects of the healthcare sector including corporate transactions, funding and financing work and insurance matters. Dimitri van Hoewijk handles corporate, M&A and private equity matters and assists healthcare, life sciences and medical tech clients with acquisitions, joint ventures and contractual work. Cees Jan de Boer has a focus on competition issues.

Key clients

NPM Capital


Amsterdam UMC


Topicus Healthcare


Spectrum Pharmaceuticals

‘s Heeren Loo

Gelre Ziekenhuizen

Project finance and PFI Tier 2

Van Doorne houses a construction practice with strong PFI experience, and acts for leading consortia and lenders providing credit facilities to consortia; it also advises on the tenderer side. The group is noted for its track record in the hospital and healthcare financing sector, where practice co-head Roel Botter stands out, and also handles other private financing work for public sector bodies including housing corporations and educational institutions. Fellow practice head Angelique Thiele is recommended for German clients operating in the Dutch market, particularly pfandbriefbanks and insurers.

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Angelique Thiele is very experienced and well known within the industry.’

The team is efficient, very experienced and able to adapt to different circumstances or counter parties. They are always looking for a practical solution for all parties involved.

Key clients


Berlin Hyp

McArthurGlen/Simon Property Group

Deutsche Hypothekenbank


VU Medical Centre




Meijer Realty Partners

Volker Wessels



Real estate Tier 2

The 'friendly and flexible' team at Van Doorne, is jointly headed by Mark Moolhuizen and the 'well-respectedAnnerie Ploumen. The practice is a popular choice for companies active in commercial real estate, real estate developers, institutional investors, foreign and domestic banks, the Dutch government, local government bodies, housing corporations, universities, and hospitals. In a recent highlight, a team led by Andy Furr advised Retail Estates on the acquisition of the Freeland Portfolio, consisting of three large Dutch retail parks, in a matter worth €91m. Jan Roeland was a new arrival from PKF Wallast.


Strengths: their wide spread knowledge, flexibility, experience and perfect price/quality ratio. And the people are very friendly and respond quickly.

Friendly and flexible with high knowledge.

The real estate team at Van Doorne is very knowledgeable and able to adapt to different (difficult) counter parties. Their responses are swift and efficient. They are committed to the deal.

Arien van Heesen, Dennis Sloot, Tess Lont and Puck Nannes are all pleasant and efficient to work with. They are committed and client-oriented. They know what the client is looking for and act as a trusted adviser.

Good mix between the experience and knowledge of the “old hands” and the eagerness and new views of the “new gang”. Solid and balanced service and advice at good rates.

Annerie Ploumen carries a ton of knowledge and experience and puts it to work for the client. She is well respected by her peers (the opposition) and sees right through the younger ones.

Smart, capable team that knows their trade. Experienced counsel who are technically strong and also commercial thus able to progress transactions smoothly without always waiting for clients’ feedback.

Arien van Heesen, Friso Foppes and Desiree van der Veer are our go-to team for real estate transactions.

Key clients

Aareal Bank

Aberdeen Standard Life

Aedes Real Estate


Ahold N.V.


Amphia Hospital


Banque Hapoalim Luxembourg

Bentall GreenOak


Calvijn College

Care Property Invest

Catalonia Hotels & Resorts

Cerbus Global

Cording Group

Cromwell Property Group

De Jong Project Ontwikkeling Development

De Nijs Projectontwikkeling Development

Deutsche Bank, London Branch

DRC Capital

Dutch City Development

Equity Estate



Het Nieuwe Instituut

HMC Bronovo Hospital

Holland Park

Hornbach Holding B.V.

Housing Corporation Casade

Housing Corporation Eigen Haard

Housing Corporation Lieven de Key

Housing Corporation Waterweg Wonen

Housing Corporation Woonbron




M7 Real Estate


Municipality of Amstelveen

Municipality of Helmond


Oiltanking Amsterdam

Oldenburgische Landesbank

Patrizia Immobilien





Retail Estates

Rijnlands Lyceum

Rothesay Life

ROC Amsterdam

Schiphol Airport


Stern Group

Tergooi Hospital

University of Amsterdam

V.O.F. Nijs2Max

Verbrugge Terminals


Xior Student Housing

York Capital

Zaans Medical Centre

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 3

Van Doorne's finance practice has several strong sector focuses , including healthcare and hospitals, where it is one of the market leaders, leveraged financing, and real estate finance. The firm remains popular with domestic clients, though real estate finance in particular is an area where the firm does act for substantial international clients. Roel Botter is a key contact for public sector financing work and jointly leads the team with property finance specialist Angelique Thiele.

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Key clients

Stern Groep N.V.



Aluminium Delfzijl

Ceva Logistics



Mc Arthur Glen/ Simon Properties


Cording/De Rothschield


OVG/The Edge

Greenoak equityside




Angelo Gordon





Meyer Bergman



Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory Tier 3

The team at Van Doorne is 'pragmatic, open, realistic and with a high level of expertise' and has a particular focus on ongoing regulatory obligations and enforcement within the e-money, fintech, insurance and pension sectors. The specialisation is illustrated by recent work highlights, which includes assisting a major pension fund with a collective transfer of pension entitlements and advising a Dutch bank on its acquisition of a minority stake in a fintech start-up. Friso Foppes is the key contact. Former practice head Arno Voerman departed to Dentons in 2020. 


Pragmatic, open, realistic and with a high level of expertise regarding regulatory matters.

Very pragmatic hands-on approach. Expert knowledge on PSD2. Feels as though the firm is part of a project team to get things done where other firms are more “distant”.

Very knowledgeable about the law and how to put it into practice.

Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 3

At Van Doorne, the focus is on property financing, with work covering the full roster, including residential, retail, and office space, as well as hotels. In an illustration of this expertise, a team led by Stefan van Rossum advised Aareal Bank, as lender and arranger, on the €34.8m financing of the acquisition and renovation of the Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam. The firm's clients include Dutch and international banks, as well as alternative finance providers, among them funds and institutional investors, which the team assists with leveraged financing and corporate lending. Angelique Thiele is another key contact.

Key clients

Aareal Bank AG



PGIM Real Estate

Berlin Hyp

Deutsche Hypothekenbank

Rothesay Life


Mount Street


Greenoak Loan Fund

DRC Capital

OLB (Bank)


ING Diba

Deutsche Bank

Morgan Stanley/Unifore

Nationale Nederlanden IP



Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 3

Van Doorne's arbitration team was strengthened by the recent arrival of associate Fleur Potter and the 'sharp and pragmaticRogier Schellaars from Simmons & Simmons; the latter is now jointly heading the practice with Bas van Zelst. Schellaars and van Zelst have considerable experience arbitrating before both the ICC and NAI, making them 'a very strong team to handle international arbitration cases'. In recent work, the group represented Caratube International Oil in highly contentious enforcement proceedings regarding an ICSID Award against the Republic of Kazakhstan and the National Bank of Kazakhstan. Jasper Leedekerken is another key contact.


Van Doorne’s arbitration practice has become considerably stronger with the arrival of Rogier Shellaars (former Simmons & Simmons partner), who, next to existing partner Bas van Zelst, also strongly focuses on arbitration.

Rogier Schellaars and Bas van Zelst, who both also strongly focus on arbitration, lead the “new” litigation & arbitration practice at Van Doorne. Rogier is extremely hands on, sharp and pragmatic, and Bas has extensive knowledge of Dutch arbitration law. This makes them together a very strong team to handle international arbitration cases.

Good speed of service and availability of the team.

We worked with Rogier Schellaars who was able to put a multi-disciplinary team together really fast and arrange expedited arbitration proceedings that protected our company from potentially significant financial loss. This requires being available “at all hours” and making quick decisions and at the same time not compromising the quality of the output.

Key clients

Gilde Investments / Koninklijke Swets & Zeitlinger

Caratube International Oil LLP

Republic of Indonesia

Strukton Group

Unitel International Holdings B.V.

Tokeyna Management Limited

EU and competition Tier 3

Van Doorne has extensive experience of providing competition rules compliance advice and training. It also assists clients with ACM inquiries and the competition rules in relation to distribution arrangements. It has a  notable presence in the healthcare, retail, education, media and financial services sectors. The 'excellentSarah Beeston and Gijs Verberne jointly lead the team and clients praise them for their 'hands-on approach' and delivering 'constructive advice'. Associate Pim Jansen is also noted.

Practice head(s):


A strong team with a hands-on approach.  Strong in litigation before the courts and in procedures before the competition authority. Extensive experience in cartel damages claims‘.

Sarah Beeston is excellent‘.

Sarah Beeston is a respected competition practitioner with a substantial experience in (domestic) cartel cases.

Sarah Beeston is an outstanding lawyer going the extra mile for her clients. Native English speaker and strong in communication.’

Van Doorne are a very experienced team – they know the law, and they know exactly what information we need on the law to make informed strategic decisions. It’s a pleasure to work with them.’

Key clients









NENT Studios

European Commission

Technical University Eindhoven

Dutch Province of Zuid-Holland


Private equity Tier 3

Van Doorne's private equity practice is noted for its specialist knowledge in advising the management of target companies in PE transactions, but also sponsors that invest in healthcare and FinTech. The team also assists a good number Dutch and international PE houses in transactions, and frequently acts as Dutch co-counsel with top-tier US firms when their PE clients acquire Dutch assets. Corporate/M&A practice head Jeroen Sombezki leads the department.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

ABN AMRO Digital Impact Fund

Advent International


Aurelius Invest

Dawn Capital

Deutsche Private Equity

EQT Ventures

Fidelium Partners

Gilde Healthcare

Karmijn Kapitaal

Macquarie Capital

Nimbus Private Equity

Nordic Capital

NPM Healthcare

Oakley Capital

Octopus Ventures

Rabobank Private Equity

TPG Sixth Street Partners

York Capital

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Van Doorne's restructuring and insolvency practice possess debt restructuring, litigation, and enforcement specialists. Practice head Stefan van Rossum leads the 'professional' team. Rossum assisted Green Swan with its acquisition of Intertoys out of bankruptcy, a notable firm highlight. Additionally, the firm advised Rabobank on the financial restructuring of the Ter Haak group.

Practice head(s):


Very professional‘.

Stefan Van Rossum was great‘.

Key clients

Aareal Bank




Green Swan


King Street



York Capital

Tax Tier 3

Van Doorne has an increasingly significant practice for private client tax work, and also acts for large and medium-sized businesses and their owners on issues relating to business transfers and estate planning. For national and international transactional work, Ewout van Asbeck is the key contact. Practice head Rob de Win has specialist expertise in real estate and indirect taxes. New arrival Jan Roeland regularly advises US and other non-Dutch companies on how best to structure their worldwide operations.

Practice head(s):


The team is always thinking in terms of seeking solutions for problems instead of thinking in impossibilities.

Arianne Bonthuis is very hands-on, is clever, quick and knows exactly the challenges firms like ours are facing.

Key clients


Warehauses De Pauw Comm. VA (WDP)

TransIP Group

Xior Student Housing NV



Akzo Nobel

Retail Estates NV

Care Property Invest NV

Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 4

With a 'good quality combination of all-round lawyers and specialists', Van Doorne handles M&A, privatisations, private equity transactions and joint ventures and leverages its sector-specific expertise. The group has also teamed up with one of  Europe's leading cybersecurity companies to develop a cybersecurity audit and due diligence product for its clients. Jeroen Sombezki leads the team; Onno Boerstra handles private equity work, joint ventures and management buyouts; and Hugo Reumkens and Friso Foppes advise Dutch and foreign companies, private equity funds and other investors. Steffen Alleman is also a key name to note.

Practice head(s):


Good quality combination of all round lawyers and specialists, very pleasant to work with, strong client focus – they know us and make an extra effort to learn about the market.’

‘Excellent service.’

Key clients




Ascend Performance Materials LLC



Charles River Laboratories



Eichholtz Group


Hans Anders







Nordic Capital





TPG Sixth Street Partners

TransIP Group B.V.

Verbrugge International


Stella Fietsen Holding B.V.

Volkswagen Pon FinancialServices B.V.


Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights Tier 4

Van Doorne has wide-ranging experience across non-contentious and contentious IP, combining cross-border capabilities with expertise in anti-counterfeiting, trade mark and patent litigation. Practice head Kriek Wille is 'a strategic thinker and a delight to work with'and is representing Laboratoires La Prairie in a substantial trade mark and advertising law dispute with the Lidl group. Bas Pinckaers is also noted.

Practice head(s):


‘The IP team is smart, pragmatic and hands-on, and they really understand our business and the urgency of our questions’

‘Kriek Wille is a strategic thinker and a delight to work with’

Key clients

CBS (Statistics Netherlands)


Erdee Media Group BV

Hunkemöller International BV

Legal & General Investment Management

LG Electronics Benelux Sales BV

O.P.I. Products, Inc


The Walt Disney Company

Vrije Universiteit


Laboratoires La Prairie SA

Texelse Bierbrouwerij BV

Air Supplies Holland BV

Mowi ASA

Arovo NV


Dagelijks Leven BV

Durabo BV

Material Handling Systems, Inc

Wibra Supermarkt BV

Ruppert Handelsonderneming BV

Mogelijk BV

Le Cordon Bleu

Emolife Events & Consultancy


CIV Superunie

Sound United

Best Practice


InShared (Achmea)

Firm overview: Van Doorne is a multi-service leading independent Dutch law firm. With approximately 195 lawyers, Van Doorne has been advising clients for 90 years in a broad range oflegal expertise. The firm’s lawyers are internationally recognised as leading experts, both in their area of practice and industries in which they operate. Van Doorne is part of an extensive worldwide network of other leading, independent firms. This enables the firm to provide clients with advice and assistance swiftly across the globe, without being bound to any firm. Van Doorne’s mission is to empower people and organisations and to work on responsible, permanent solutions. This is reflected throughout the firm. From the way in which lawyers work together to the ngo’s and non profit organisations that are supported by the firm. Van Doorne ‘reaches further and stays close’. That is, first and foremost, the firm’s promise to its clients but also to its partners, associates and young talent.

International work: The firm is proud of its Dutch client base, which comprises large and medium-sized companies, banks, insurance companies, semi-public government institutions and Dutch subsidiaries of foreign enterprises. Van Doorne is also well known for its international practice, serving a large number of international clients, particularly from the UK and the US. The majority of transactional work carried out by the banking and corporate teams (including tax) is cross border. The independent status of Van Doorne provides it with a great opportunity to work with the best-equipped law firms in other countries. For that purpose, over the past decades, the firm has maintained close working relationships with leading law firms in all important jurisdictions. Van Doorne strongly believes in the advantage to be able to instruct, and receive instructions from, top firms in other jurisdictions for international transactions.

Clients: Van Doorne works for prominent Dutch and international companies, business and financial service providers, semi-public organisations and government institutions. Van Doorne aims to maintain long-term relationships with its clients. The firm has been working with most of them for many years, and that is something to be very proud of.

For more information:

Managing Partner: Saskia Laseur
Management Team: Saskia Laseur together with
Jasper Leedekerken, Rob de Win and Jeanine Helthuis
Number of partners worldwide: 43
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 196
Languages: Dutch, English, French, German

Department Name Email Telephone
Commercial Lisette Bieleveld
Consumer Goods, Retail, Foods & Beverages Lisette Bieleveld
Consumer Goods, Retail, Foods & Beverages Onno Boerstra
Criminal Defence & Internal Investigations Jan Leliveld
Criminal Defence & Internal Investigations Ed van Liere
Corporate Law Onno Boerstra
Corporate Law Hugo Reumkens
Dispute Resolution Jasper Leedekerken
Dispute Resolution Sjoerd Kamerbeek
Employment & Benefits Els de Wind
Employment & Benefits Marjolijn Lips
European & Competition Law Sarah Beeston
European & Competition Law Gijs Verberne
Finance & Restructuring Roel Botter
Finance & Restructuring Stefan van Rossum
Public Procurement Gijs Verberne
Real Estate Annerie Ploumen
Real Estate Ariën van Heesen
Healthcare & Life Sciences Willemien Bischot
Healthcare & Life Sciences Dimitri van Hoewijk
Information & Communication Technology Bart van Reeken
Insurance Law Annemieke Hendrikse
Insurance Law Walter Hendriksen
Dispute Resolution Jasper Leedekerken
Dispute Resolution Sjoerd Kamerbeek
Intellectual Property & Media Kriek Wille
Privacy and Data Dr Elisabeth Thole
Real Estate Transactions Angelique Thiele
Real Estate Transactions Ariën van Heesen
Real Estate and Construction Annerie Ploumen
Real Estate and Construction Mark Moolhuizen
Tax Ewout van Asbeck
Tax Rob de Win
Technology, Media & Telecom Jeroen Sombezki
Technology, Media & Telecom Kriek Wille
Government & Education Saskia Laseur
Energy, Industry & Renewables Léone Klapwijk
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Steffen Alleman  photo Mr Steffen Alleman Steffen specializes in mergers and acquisitions, private equity and buy-out transactions, management…
Mr Maarten Appels  photo Mr Maarten Appels Maarten is an experienced specialist in corporate law. He has a wealth…
Mr Jordie Bakker  photo Mr Jordie Bakker Jordie is a member of the Real Estate team. He focuses on…
Mr Jelmer Baukema  photo Mr Jelmer Baukema Jelmer is a lawyer in the Finance & Restructuring practice at Van…
Mrs Sarah Beeston  photo Mrs Sarah Beeston Sarah Beeston heads the European & Competition team of Van Doorne. She…
Mrs Lisette Bieleveld  photo Mrs Lisette Bieleveld Lisette is head of Van Doorne’s Commercial team. She advises and litigates…
Mrs Willemien Bischot  photo Mrs Willemien Bischot Willemien heads Van Doorne’s Healthcare & and Life Sciences practice. Willemien advises…
Mrs Annet Blokhuis  photo Mrs Annet Blokhuis Annet’s passion lies in the dynamic and ever-changing field of environmental and…
Mr Johan Boeren  photo Mr Johan Boeren A specialist in corporate and tenancy law. Johan has a wealth of…
Mr Onno Boerstra  photo Mr Onno Boerstra Onno specializes in mergers and acquisitions, private equity and buyouts and management…
Mr Roel Botter  photo Mr Roel Botter Roel has extensive experience in financial transactions. His experience includes acquisition finance,…
Mr Friso Foppes  photo Mr Friso Foppes Friso is an expert in corporate law. Friso specialises in particular in…
Mr Andy Furr  photo Mr Andy Furr Candidate Civil-Law Notary
Mrs Annemieke Hendrikse  photo Mrs Annemieke Hendrikse Annemieke (LLM UCL) heads Van Doorne’s Insurance team. She works in Van…
Mr Walter Hendriksen  photo Mr Walter Hendriksen Walter Hendriksen specialises in complex issues involving director’s and officer’s liability, professional…
Mrs Simone Hoogeveen  photo Mrs Simone Hoogeveen Simone is partner at Van Doorne and has a wealth of experience…
Mr Pim Jansen  photo Mr Pim Jansen Pim is part of the European & Competition Law team. He specializes…
Mr Louis Jonker  photo Mr Louis Jonker Louis Jonker is a leading expert in law and technology. Louis has…
Mr Sjoerd Kamerbeek  photo Mr Sjoerd Kamerbeek As corporate law specialist, Sjoerd advises and litigates for internationally renowned clients…
 Léone Klapwijk  photo Léone Klapwijk Léone advises network operators, supply and production companies in the regulated sector…
Mr Cees Kniestedt  photo Mr Cees Kniestedt Cees is a highly experienced authority on Property, with special interests in…
 Meltem Koning-Gungormez  photo Meltem Koning-Gungormez Meltem has extensive sell-side and buy-side experience in mid-market mergers and acquisitions,…
Mr Saskia Laseur  photo Mr Saskia Laseur Saskia has worked as a civil-law notary for nearly 20 years, having…
Mr Jasper Leedekerken  photo Mr Jasper Leedekerken Jasper is a member of Van Doorne’s management board and heads the…
Mr Jan Leliveld  photo Mr Jan Leliveld Jan is part of the Criminal Defence & Internal Investigations team. He…
Mrs Vanessa Liem  photo Mrs Vanessa Liem Vanessa is part of the Criminal Defence & Internal Investigations Team. She…
Mrs Marjolijn Lips  photo Mrs Marjolijn Lips Marjolijn is a seasoned employment law specialist and trusted advisor for both…
Mr Mark Moolhuizen  photo Mr Mark Moolhuizen Mark is a very experienced expert in the area of private construction…
Mr Bas Pinckaers  photo Mr Bas Pinckaers Bas heads Van Doorne’s Patents and Trade Secrets practice His technological focus…
Mrs Annerie Ploumen  photo Mrs Annerie Ploumen Annerie specializes in property and financing of this property. She assists companies…
Mrs Fleur Potter  photo Mrs Fleur Potter Fleur is a senior member and driving force of our arbitration team.…
Mrs Cara Pronk  photo Mrs Cara Pronk Within the International Employment Law team Cara specialises in cross-border employment, collective…
Mr Hugo Reumkens  photo Mr Hugo Reumkens Hugo is a very experienced corporate law expert. He mainly focuses on…
Mr Jan Roeland  photo Mr Jan Roeland Jan is a highly experienced, internationally recommended tax specialist. He furnishes advice…
Mr Rogier Schellaars  photo Mr Rogier Schellaars Rogier specialises in international commercial arbitration and related proceedings. He leads Van…
Mr Jeroen Sombezki  photo Mr Jeroen Sombezki Jeroen is part of the Corporate team. He is an expert in…
Mr Steven Sterk  photo Mr Steven Sterk Steven specialises in employment law. In particular, he focuses on statutory directors…
Mr Sjoerd Stokmans  photo Mr Sjoerd Stokmans Sjoerd specializes in Dutch and international tax law applied i.a. to reorganizations,…
Mr Arnout Stroeve  photo Mr Arnout Stroeve Arnout primarily focuses on designing and restructuring international structures, financing and private equity…
Mrs Angelique Thiele  photo Mrs Angelique Thiele Angelique is part of the Financing team. Working from the Amsterdam and…
Dr Elisabeth Thole  photo Dr Elisabeth Thole Partner and Head of Privacy Team. Extensively experienced in assisting clients with…
Mr Gijs Verberne  photo Mr Gijs Verberne Gijs is a highly experienced and internationally recommended specialist in European and…
Mrs Alexandra Weidner  photo Mrs Alexandra Weidner Alexandra is a member of the Commercial team. She specialises in drafting…
Mrs Kriek Wille  photo Mrs Kriek Wille Kriek heads the IP / Media practice and is co initiator of…
Mr Özer Zivali  photo Mr Özer Zivali Özer is a member of the Privacy Team and is specialized in…
Mr Cees Jan de Boer  photo Mr Cees Jan de Boer Cees Jan specializes in market regulation and competition law in healthcare, pharmaceuticals,…
Mr Pieter de Jong Schouwenburg  photo Mr Pieter de Jong Schouwenburg Pieter is a dispute resolution specialist. With broad litigation experience, including in…
Mr Rob de Win  photo Mr Rob de Win Rob is a highly experienced, internationally recommended tax specialist. He furnishes advice…
Mrs Els de Wind  photo Mrs Els de Wind Trusted advisor and seasoned employment lawyer with focus on corporate employment law…
Mr Daan ter Braak  photo Mr Daan ter Braak In the notarial practice, Daan’s specialty is corporate law and more in…
Mr Ewout van Asbeck  photo Mr Ewout van Asbeck Ewout van Asbeck’s tax practice is a mix of transactional work, both…
Mr Ariën van Heesen  photo Mr Ariën van Heesen Ariën is a partner in the Real Estate team. He is a…
Mr Dimitri van Hoewijk  photo Mr Dimitri van Hoewijk Dimitri is part of the Corporate team and member of our Healthcare…
Mr Ed van Liere  photo Mr Ed van Liere Ed has extensive experience in representing and advising clients in the area…
Mr Albert van Marwijk Kooy  photo Mr Albert van Marwijk Kooy Albert is a seasoned specialist in pension law. He has many years…
Mr Bart van Reeken  photo Mr Bart van Reeken Bart negotiates in a way which contributes to the success of relationships.…
Mr Pieter van Regteren Altena  photo Mr Pieter van Regteren Altena Pieter specializes in liability and insurance law, concentrating on professional liability, product…
Mr Stefan van Rossum  photo Mr Stefan van Rossum Stefan van Rossum has over 25 years of experience in banking and…
Mrs Willeke van Spanje  photo Mrs Willeke van Spanje Willeke is a member of the Litigation and Insurance team. She has…
Mr Bas van Zelst  photo Mr Bas van Zelst Bas van Zelst is a partner in Van Doorne’s arbitration practice. Bas…
Number of lawyers : 195
Other office : London

Van Doorne 

Van Doorne believes in the power of diversity and change. Another perspective, free and open communication, and respect for each other are crucial to improving ourselves. Our success derives from being an organisation in which every employee works at the peak of their inspiration and capacities. 

Our society is multi-coloured and diverse. Van Doorne wants its workforce to reflect that. Diversity fits seamlessly with our informal and open organisation. We are a firm where people of all ages, cultural backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, neurology, gender and sexual orientation are given scope to develop initiatives, take responsibility and be themselves. That way, we can offer the inventiveness and the open mind that lead to the best solutions.  

Male/Female ratio virtually equal 

Saskia Laseur is our Managing Partner and she leads by example. Our diversity policy has been acknowledged and encouraged in the form of various awards and distinctions we have received for successful policy in the legal profession. By signing the Charter Talent to the Top in 2008, we committed to a real, self-selected objective for more female talent in the top and sub-top levels. 

  • Almost one third of our partners are female
  • The male/female ratio of fee-earners is almost equally balanced

More cultural diversity and less distance 

We aim at diversity in terms of cultural background, religion and ethnicity as well. We help reduce the distance between graduates from minority sectors and the labour market. We have done this, together with VU University Amsterdam, partly by building a bridge to students from a non-Western background. We also have close relationships with student associations for students from a non-Western background. 

In the application process, we use culture-fair cognitive tests to ensure that no ethnic or cultural group will have an unfair advantage over another. 

In our office, we have a faith room to give individuals of any faith the opportunity to undertake their own specific religious practices. 

Our belief in diversity is nothing new. In the past, Van Doorne signed the declaration of intent named ‘Diversity within the legal profession’ from a wholehearted conviction.  

Acknowledgement, acceptance and visibility of LGBT individuals 

We have been closely involved with Stichting Forward from the outset. Forward is a foundation that focuses on promoting LGBT acceptance, acknowledgement and visibility within the Dutch legal profession. One of our lawyers, candidate civil-law notary Andy Furr, is a member of the Supervisory Board of this progressive organisation. 

Each year, we celebrate Pride together at the office and we support the annual international competition Pride Photo Award. We exhibit the photos in our office, to stimulate conversations about sexual diversity and gender diversity. 

At Van Doorne, we are always looking for ways to improve ourselves, including in the area of diversity. As of February 2020, we will start with a diversity scan at the firm. This research will be conducted under the guidance of a diversity expert and will focus on various forms of diversity. The aim of the scan is to inform and accelerate our policy on diversity. 

Van Doorne assists Terra Payment Services (Netherlands) B.V. on the sale by Mahindra Comviva to a consortium of investors, comprising of IFC, Partech and Prime Ventures and the subsequent investment round. Terra Payment Services (Netherlands) B.V. is a FinTech company (spin out of Mahindra Comviva), providing B2B global transaction processing, clearing and settlement services to payment service providers (i.e. mobile wallets) as well as related value-added services. Terra Payment Services (Netherlands) B.V. was founded in 2014 and incubated by Comviva Technologies Ltd, a leading provider of value-added services for mobile operators. Comviva is majority owned by the multinational technology provider Tech Mahindra, which is a part of the Indian conglomerate Mahindra Group. 

Van Doorne advised Scandinavian Tobacco Group in the acquisition of all the shares in the capital of Agio Beheer B.V. from Highlands Beheer B.V. Agio Beheer B.V. is the holding company of the Royal Agio Cigars group (“Royal Agio”). The acquisition will be financed by cash at hand and debt. The transaction is subject to satisfactory conclusion of a statutory employee consultation process in The Netherlands and subsequent completion will require approval from competition authorities in certain European jurisdictions.  

Royal Agio is a leading European cigar company with a strong portfolio including brands as Mehari’s, Panter and Balmoral. The company is based in Duizel, the Netherlands and has approximately 3,200 full-time employees. 

Van Doorne advised Altor Equity Partners and its portfolio company Trioplast Group on its acquisition of the Dutch company Apeldoorn Flexible Packaging, a leading player in solutions for load stability and food packaging, from JPF Netherlands BV, an entity of B.C. Jindal group. We covered the entire range of services in this buy side mandate, including term sheet and SPA negotiations, a full scope due diligence, merger filings in the Netherlands and Germany, financing and structuring.   

Van Doorne advised Hill Top 4, a joint venture between Equity Estate and Arzan Wealth on its acquisition of the shares in the capital of Spectrum GP B.V., HB West NL GP B.V. and HB Cascade GP B.V. and the participation rights in Spectrum NL CV, West NL C.V. and HB Cascade Owner NL C.V. which companies own and operate Quarter Offices in Amsterdam, and the related roll-over of the existing bank financing. 

The Quarter Offices portfolio comprises three high quality office buildings – Quarter Plaza, Quarter Podium and Quarter Avenue – with a total lettable floor area of approximately 26,150 sqm and 431 parking spaces. Large tenants such as Aon, DPA, Maandag and Robert Half International are located in Quarter Offices. 

HighBrook Investors acquired the three buildings in the past two and a half years in three separate transactions. After completing major renovations in all three building, the buildings were re-introduced to the market as high quality office buildings with high services and facilities under the brand name Quarter Offices where facilities between buildings are being shared. Since acquisition more than 22,000 sqm LFA of office space has been leased out, meaning that the overall portfolio occupancy has gone up from under 10% to 86%.